Hi Bev, I’m sorry to read that the brace stopped working for you.
Has your knee ever improved?
I have not improved past where I was at 3 years post op, which at that time, was way better than that awful first year. I just had my 6 year anniversary this month. It’s pretty much the same old, same old.
I fell the day after Christmas, 2022, and landed hard on my PKR. I hoped the fall did enough damage for a surgeon to find a reason to convert it to a total. Ha. Once again, though swollen and bruised, the X-ray looks fine and there’s no reason to do surgery. So, I’m still at the same place. This was my third, second opinion. It took 2 months to heal and it’s back to my particular knee’s normal.
I feel like I've exhausted the offerings and I sure don't want surgery again. Less faith in a reconstructed knee than the original. I'm 70 years old with other serious health issues.
Not a believer any more..
I certainly understand why you feel this way, and I pretty much feel the same way, for me. Mine is only painful in certain situations, and often I am able to avoid those situations. When I can’t, I just try to get on with my day and put it out of my mind.
When we have a bad outcome, it’s hard to trust that a revision will go better, though for some it does.
I actually just had cataract surgery recently and I was not 100% confident, that it would go as planned, because my knee didn’t go as planned. It’s really hard to get past that. But, my cataract surgery was very successful, and I can’t wait to get the other eye done! But, my eye doctor has done “millions“ of these surgeries, as compared to my Ortho surgeon who most likely had not done many Patellofemorals. What a difference lots of experience can make!
It’s nice to talk to someone in the same boat, even if it’s not a fun boat to be in.
Yes, it is good to talk to someone in the same boat. It’s good to hear from you, though I’m sorry the news is not as good as your last updates.